The remaining members of the rock band Queen have aired their frustrations about republican presidential candidate Donald Trump using one of their songs at his campaign rallies. It is the second statement the band have issued attempting to get Trump to stop using their hit song ‘We Will Rock You’.
Trump’s most recent use of the song was at the Republican National Convention on Monday. The rock band responded on Tuesday via twitter, posting: “An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes.”
However, this isn’t the first time the band have reacted to an alleged lack of permission on Trumps part. Back in June Queen guitarist Brian May made this statement: “My personal reaction to Donald Trump using our music? We’d never give permission,” “We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue.”
This could be the beginning of a pretty sticky situation between the two parties. The communications director of the Republican National Committee Sean Spicer posted a response to Queen stating: “Big fan but you are wrong @GOPconvention paid to license the use of song in the arena”.
Queen have since responded by taking a more serious approach, this time through their publishing company Sony/ATV Music who released this official statement:
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr. Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen. On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign… We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.”
Queen now find themselves on an ever increasing list of musicians unhappy with Trump using their music. The Rolling Stones, Adele, R.E.M, Neil Young and Aerosmith have all spoken out about the unauthorised use of their music at presidential rallies.